May 23 2011

Five MP3s You Must Grab 5/23/11

The Cars – Blue Tip

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Cheeseburger – Tight Jeans

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Marissa Nadler – The Sun Always Reminds Me Of You


Iceage – Broken Bone


Jhene Aiko – Club Stranger (Nguzunguzu Remix)


May 11 2011

Five MP3s You Must Grab 5/11/11

Jim Jones – Believe in Magic


Youth Lagoon – July


EMA – Milkman


King Tuff – Hands


SBTRKT – Wildfire


Apr 6 2011

Download: The Diamond Center – Caraway

If there’s one thing I love, it’s slowly watching the rest of the world catch on to awesome music.  Slowly, but surely.  And blogging big wigs are starting to grasp the psych-laden, hallucinatory haze of the Diamond Center. About damn time.  RCRD LBL recently posted a new track, “Caraway,” from the Richmond crew (though in my heart they’ll always be a Lubbock band), and you can preorder their new 7-inch right here.  And I suggest you do; all the cool kids are rocking the Diamond Center, and they have been for years.

Apr 1 2011

Quarterly Review – January-March 2011

Once every three months I list the best of what I heard in albums/songs/remixes for the quarter. I do this to personally keep up with all the awesome music I hear, as it ultimately helps me at the end of the year when I do my overall listing for the previous twelve months. I also do it to introduce you cool cats to tunes you may have missed independently.

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Mar 29 2011

Five MP3s You Must Grab 3/29/11

Ford & Lopatin (Games) – Emergency Room


YACHT – Dystopia


Childish Gambino – Freaks and Geeks (Star Slinger Remix)


Wiz Khalifa – The Race


Pusha T – I Still Wana feat. Rick Ross & Ab Liva


Mar 22 2011

The Top 50 Albums of the 2000s – Relationship of Command

Today I continue a series of posts dedicated to the best albums of the last decade, posting analysis of one album at a time.

40. At the Drive In – Relationship of Command

Admittedly, I didn’t really get At the Drive In upon first listen to Relationship of Command, their best and final album.  It wasn’t until some time after their breakup that I dusted it off and gave it another shot, and from then on it became a staple for my road trips and, even recently, my city commutes.  I blame my myopia on high school ignorance and misdirected expectations; I was yearning for a fix to my Rage Against the Machine obsession (who had recently called it quits), and first single “One Armed Scissor” seemed to suggest to me At the Drive In were apt to fill the void.

Obviously, that was unfair to the sheer punk this crew were offering the masses – where Rage gets their prowess from old-skool hip-hop, the aggression of At the Drive In can be found in the slicing choruses of “Arc Arsenal,” the tongue-in-cheek comedy of “Rolodex Propaganda,” and the undeniable infectiousness of my personal highlight, “Pattern Against User.”

As we can all see today, this was the El Paso group’s high point – the always-convoluted Mars Volta and the downright terrible Sparta have been poor alternatives to the focus that we discovered on Relationship of Command, and for that matter, At the Drive In as a whole.  While we all anticipate/dread the reunion at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2015 (where they will play Relationship in its entirety), we still have this album to keep us banging our head, maniacally shaking our oversized Omar-homage hairdos.

At the Drive In – Pattern Against User

At the Drive In – One Armed Scissor

At the Drive In – Enfilade

Mar 8 2011

Five MP3s You Must Grab – SXSW 2011

Jeff the Brotherhood – Mind Ride

Evan Voytas – Our Thing

Colleen Green – Worship You

Das Racist – Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell (Wallpaper Remix)

Fergus and Geronimo – Tell It In My Ear

Mar 3 2011

21 Bands To See @ SXSW 2011

Spring break is upon us, and with it the finest week of the year, SXSW.  As is customary, my friends and I are gonna RAGE and make like Andrew W.K. and PARTY HARD and all that good stuff.  New parties and showcases are being announced every day, and next week I hope to have a list of my picks for ones to check out.  In the meantime, however, after the jump is a list of bands I am hoping to see this year while meandering around downtown Austin, and you should try your damndest to see them as well.

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Feb 28 2011

The Top 50 Albums of the 2000s – Dear Science

Today I continue a series of posts dedicated to the best albums of the last decade, posting analysis of one album at a time.

41. TV On the Radio – Dear Science

Though not as groundbreaking as the group’s first two albums, Dear Science was arguably the big breakthrough to mainstream popularity TV On the Radio had been working so hard to accomplish – they had finally found a way to incorporate their pop-craft tendencies into sharply constructed accessible songs. While Return to Cookie Mountain still had an experimental tendency, Dear Science is mostly a more straightforward recording all the way through – it simply picks up where “Wolf Like Me” left off.

Kyp Malone’s harmonizing is in full force here – it’s even more at the forefront, since that ultimately is TV On the Radio’s trademark.  His “oohs” and “aahhs” are backbones to some tightly built indie dance.  David Bowie’s not around to help lay down the boogie, but it hardly matters; wound up rump-shakin’ “Golden Age” and “Dancing Choose” are two of the best upbeat tracks the band has put together.  Meanwhile, the group continues to expand and flex their songwriting muscle, with jam “Crying” and the strong ballad “Family Tree.”

In just a few weeks, we’ll have the first new material from TV On the Radio since this album was dropped back in 2008, and first samples sound promising, even if they seem similar to the groundwork lain here.  With smart writing, concise production, and an always energetic live presence, Dear Science, which debuted on the Billboard 200 at #12, was the group’s first shining moment in the spotlight of “big bands” in the world of indie rock.  TV On the Radio has always been a progressive collective, and I look forward to their triumphant return in 2011.

TV On the Radio – Halfway Home

TV On the Radio – Dancing Choose

TV On the Radio – Golden Age

Feb 15 2011

Five MP3s You Must Grab 2/15/11

Star Slinger – Casanova’s Jump Off


Ra Ra Riot – Too Dramatic (The Kids Are Radioactive Remix)


The Hood Internet vs. Waka Flocka Flame – Fuck The Club Up x Sleigh Bells x Salem


J Mascis – Is It Done


Austra – Beat and the Pulse